As a successful applicant of the CAFE Week of Action small grants programme, the Disabled Supporters Association (DSA) of Armenian side FC Noah took part in a number of activities in celebration of #TotalAccess with support of the Club and the Armenian Football Federation. 

On the opening day of the CAFE Week of Action 2021, the disabled supporters group of Armenian Premier league side FC Noah arranged for 10 disabled fans to be hosted at the club's training ground. This involved meeting the players and coaches as well as taking part in a short training session. A short video of the session can be found on Facebook Watch. 

A fan using a wheelchair meets an FC Noah player at the training ground. The male player crouches down to be at eye level with the disabled fan.

A young fan meets the FC Noah players at the training ground.

A couple of days later on 8 March, as FC Noah played against FC Lori, young members of the disabled supporters group were invited to take the pitch alongside the players wearing CAFE t-shirts and receiving gifts on behalf of the Club. They were then invited to watch the rest of the game from the stands as guests of honour. 

Disabled fans on the pitch alongside FC Noah players before kick off. Everyone is wearing CAFE t-shirts for the occasion.

Both of these brilliant activities promoting access and inclusion were extremely well received and even prompted the Football Federation of Armenia to publish an article highlighting FC Noah's work and expressing their support of the CAFE Week of Action. The website article in question also includes a short video of the FC Noah training session. 

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Gohar Navasardyan, FC Noah and the Armenian Football Federation for their support during the CAFE Week of Action 2021, and their continued efforts to improve the experiences of all disabled fans.

The CAFE Week of Action small grants programme offers funding to disabled supporters and DSAs to participate in the CAFE Week of Action. Grants of up to €250 were available, subject to a successful application to CAFE. A similar programme will be made available ahead of the CAFE Week of Action 2022. 

The CAFE Week of Action 2021 summary report will be published in due course, with information for the 2022 campaign to be published later in the year.

For more information regarding the CAFE Week of Action, the small grants programme or any of the accessibility services mentioned above, please contact the CAFE team at [email protected]l.eu